Simplifying the Lab

XRP Pipetting System

Client:     Hamilton Company

Awards:     GOOD Design (2011); IDEA — Bronze (2011); Spark Award — Challenger (2011)

It has been our experience in dealing with RKS design that they have raised the bar for the whole industry. Time after time they have delivered to our products, cost effective, functional, and artful designs that have cause our customers to reflect on the wisdom of their purchase. And no matter what the product, our company enjoys a common look and feel on all of their work. It does not get any better than what RKS delivers.
— Steve Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton Company

Create an Efficient, Scalable Pipetting System for Labs in the Bio-chemical, Pharmacological and Forensic Fields

Having worked with RKS in the past, Hamilton Company, a leader in liquid handling systems, returned with a new challenge: create an efficient, scalable pipetting system for labs in the bio-chemical, pharmacological and forensic fields. The design had to communicate the accuracy, authority, and reliability for which Hamilton’s professional systems are widely known.


Uncovered the Physical and Aesthetic Needs of the Lab Environment

Using clinician interviews, observational research, day-in-the-life studies and competitive benchmarking, the team uncovered that labs often contain a cluttered environment lacking a centerpiece, resulting in chaotic and ultimately slowed workflows. The design therefore needed to provide clarity to research and testing processes and reduce unnecessary complexity by being sizable, yet seamlessly integrated; simple to use, yet provide deep functionality; and be aesthetically pleasing.


An Award Winning Centerpiece for Every Lab

The result is the XRP, a large, centerpiece pipetting system that seamlessly integrates into the lab environment. The final design includes large, easy to access doors that can easily be opened in close quarters. When the doors are closed, the pipetting inside can still be easily observed through transparent blue polycarbonate. The device provides simple functionality through its intuitive touch screen interface, which allows for quick monitoring. Recognized with an Industrial Design Excellence Award and as a finalist in the International Design Awards, the XRP has also received acclaim for its contribution to the scientific community, elevating research efficiency and throughput, and stimulating the discovery process.